Understanding scripture can be confusing at times. If you're in a routine of reading daily and find yourself not remembering what you read or not being able to pass on what you learned to others, you probably didn't take much away from that precious time that you spent attempting to dig deep into God's word. It's time to take a step back and have a moment with our sweet Lord. Do you struggle with having the desire to read at all? Have you heard "force yourself first and the feelings and emotions will come"? There is so much truth to this. God starts working in us and molding us when we let Him!
In Beth Moore's bible study workbook, Esther, she talks about how reading the word can be business AND pleasure. Books in the Bible are convicting, thrilling, romantic, violent, sad, happy, joyful, hopeful, inspiring, challenging, and so on. One minute I feel convicted and the next hopeful and then the next I'm on the edge of my seat like what's gonna happen next?!
A good prayer to pray if you're struggling to sit down and read is this:
" Lord, I want to know your heart better. I want to be nearer to you through the reading of your word. Please, give me the desire to read more about you and create in me a discipline to study your scriptures."
If you're here, you're probably looking for help in comprehending and absorbing what you read in the Bible. Maybe looking for a way to mix business with pleasure. My answer may not be exactly what you want, but I assure you it's exactly what you need.
"Apart from the Holy Spirit, we can not understand scripture on our own. We need Him to give us wisdom, clarity and understanding. Before you open your Bible, pray. Ask Him to remove any distractions in your heart and mind. Ask Him to make Himself clear. Ask Him to lead you to the truth, convict you of sin and turn your eyes toward Him. Then as you read, stop to pray through scripture as you see it pertaining to you. When you finish, ask Him to make these truths real in your life. Ask Him to help you apply the practical things, and renew your mind with the heart things."
I was reading some articles from Today's Christian Women and I stumbled on this quote. I wrote it down on the front page of my prayer journal, word for word, to refer to it before I read. I highly recommend writing this down somewhere as a reminder of a few things that we could pray to bring us closer to Jesus during our quiet time with Him. The power of prayer changes everything. Even the way we read.
We truly can't fully understand scripture on our own. God speaks to us all differently through His word and we have to be ready to listen. He wants to clear the clutter of our distracted minds and help us take a break from our multitasking lifestyles. We just have to ask! Our hearts need to be prepared and our eyes need to be wide open when we're reading the truth. We need help from the Almighty to ready us, to organize our thoughts and to put it in a language that makes sense to us. It all starts in the heart and the Lord is ready to work in yours!
I challenge you to pray. Before you even open your Bible, pray for your heart and your mind. His word is alive. He wants us to come to Him like little children running to their parents for help and answers. We just have to ask Him, who is alive in us, for understanding and clarity.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. -Matthew 7:7
Written By: Brie Beeks
Brie Beeks is a women's health and fitness coach, wife, and recipe blogger. She believes that the Lord gave her the desire to blog about her passion for healthy living for the purpose of often sharing what He puts on her heart with her readers. She travels with her husband who plays minor league baseball. Together they strive to let His light shine in the darkness. Visit her website at balancewithbrie.com